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James Anthony Hengehold ’66 was born on Nov. 24, 1944, in San Francisco to Frederick Bien Hengehold and Eleanor Scanlan Hengehold. One of four sons, he attended Saint Thomas Aquinas School in Palo Alto, Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, and Santa Clara University. On Sept. 6, 1975, he married Alison Slone at Mission Santa Clara. Together they raised two children, Matthew and Ann, in Menlo Park. After college, Jim followed his father, Fred, into the family business, Hengehold Trucks in Palo Alto. He was soon joined by his brother, Dave, and the three of them operated the truck rental and sales business together for over 45 years. Eventually, Matt and Annie also joined the company, as did Dave’s daughters. The business has been in operation for almost 70 years in Palo Alto. Like his father, Jim never retired and was regularly coming into the office until the time of his death. Jim, both personally and through the company, was involved in numerous local charities. He, along with Alison, served on the board of the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo for ten years. A lifelong Bay Area sports fan, Jim was thrilled to see both his Giants and Warriors win championships in recent years. The 49ers, on the other hand, may have hastened his recent decline. Over the last 25 years, Jim lived with the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s disease with dignity and courage. His wife, Alison, tirelessly cared for him over the last several years as his health declined. Through it all, he maintained an upbeat attitude, which helped him fight the disease. Jim passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Nov. 9, 2017, at his home in Menlo Park. He was 72 years old. He will be greatly missed for his sense of humor, his loyalty toward his family, and his generosity toward others. He is preceded in death by his mother, Eleanor, his father, Fred, and brothers Freddy and Richard. He is survived by his wife, Alison, brother, Dave, children Matt Hengehold (Christina) and Annie Hengehold (Cesar Ramos), and grandchildren Alexa, Reed and Josie Hengehold and Slone Ramos.